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Project GRACE (Growing, Reaching, Advocating for Change & Empowerment)


Improve health in Nash and Edgecombe counties with community-based projects designed to strengthen the capacity of the communities themselves to assess and address their own unique health-related problems.

  Partner Organizations

  • Better Days Ahead
  • NEW Sources
  • Donnie R. Wilkes Ministries
  • Second Chance Recovery
  • St. Paul United Methodist Church
  • Down East Partnership
  • Edgecombe County Public Schools
  • Elks Lodge #1038
  • St. James Missionary Baptist Church
  • Boys and Girls Club of Nash/Edgecombe Counties
  • UNC Nash Hospital
  • Carolina Family Health Center
  • Project Momentum Inc. (PMI)
  • James McFarlin Community Development, Inc. (JMCD)
  • Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC)
  • Helping Hands
  • Word Tabernacle
  • Community Enrichment Organization
  • Visions, Inc.
  • Little Bethlehem Apostolic Faith Church, Inc.
  • Vidant-Edgecombe Hospital
  • Nash County Health Department
  • Edgecombe County Health Department
  • Mt. Zion First Baptist Church
  • The Wright Center
  • More than a Meal
  • Rocky Mount Police Department
  • UNC Center for Health Equity Research


9/30/2005 – 2/28/2014
Learn more about Project GRACE funding.


  • Corbie-Smith G, Adimora AA, Youmans S, Muhammad M, Blumenthal C, Ellison A, Akers A, Council B, Thigpen Y, Wynn M, Llyod SW. Project GRACE: A Staged Approach to Development of a Community—Academic Partnership to Address HIV in Rural African American Communities. Health Promot Pract. 2010;12(2):293-302. doi:10.1177/1524839909348766.
  • Corbie-Smith G, Akers A, Blumenthal C, Council B, Wynn M, Muhammad M, Stith D. Intervention Mapping as a Participatory Approach to Developing an HIV Prevention Intervention in Rural African American Communities. AIDS Educ Prev. 2010;22(3):184-202. doi:10.1521/aeap.2010.22.3.184
  • Llyod SW, Ferguson YO, Corbie-Smith G, Ellison A, Blumenthal C, Council BJ, Youmans S, Muhammad MR, Wynn M, Adimora A, Akers A. The role of public schools in HIV prevention: Perspectives for African Americans in the rural south. AIDS Educ Prev. 2012;24(1):41-53. doi:10.1521/aeap.2012.24.1.41.


Amelia H. UNC Chapel Hill staff visits city sites. Rocky Mount Telegram. October 17, 2019.

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